Legal Tender

The term legal tender can be applied to any old currency that was issued as a United States note. Legal tenders were not bank issued and not backed by gold or silver. The US initially experimented with legal tenders during the Civil War. Be sure to visit our small size legal tender and type notes pages for more information.

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Fr No.DenomTypeDateGradePrice
16$1Legal Tender1862CH VF$985
FR 16 $1

A bright early issue Legal with margins all around.  Bold inks and vivid red seal on the problem free example.

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17a$1Legal Tender1862VF$785
FR 17a $1

A boldly inked, evenly circulated and  problem free example of this early issue Legal.

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27$1Legal Tender1878PMG 66EPQ$4475
FR 27 $1

A stunning example of this early issue Legal Tender. Brilliant inks, bright paper and balanced margins are readily apparent at […]

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35$1Legal Tender1880Fine$175
FR 35 $1

A nicely centered example of the early issue legal with small red seal and blue serial numbers (Tillman-Morgan signatures).  Decent […]

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$165
FR 36 $1

A pleasing and evenly circulated note with bold red seal and serial numbers, as well as pleasing margins all around.

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36$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 36 $1

Pleasing and nicely centered note.

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37$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$225
FR 37 $1

Evenly circulated and problem free.  Very bright with bold red overprints.

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37$1Legal Tender1917PCGS 53PPQ$195
FR 37 $1

A boldly inked and bright AU note with margins all around and punch-thru embossing.  Premium paper quality is noted by […]

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU$295
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU note with vivid red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917VF$135
FR 39 $1

A bright and evenly circulated Legal.

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39$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU with margins all around, although top is cut tight,  Bold colors and nice embossing are clearly […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH CU $685
FR 40 $1

A bright and vividly inked Red Seal with pleasing margins on front and back.

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

A bright example of this popular note.  Vivid reds on seals and serial numbers, pleasing margins and bright overall paper […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free example of this popular type with margins all around and deep red seal and […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923XF$365
FR 40 $1

A lovely XF with vivid inks and pleasing margins on both front and back.

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41$2Legal Tender1862VF$1685
FR 41 $2

A bright and vividly inked Legal with pleasing margins.  Two small pinholes mentioned for the sake of accuracy.

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42$2Legal Tender1869PMG 35 $2450
FR 42 $2

Radar Serial Number E3161613. Minor splits noted by PMG. Margins all around with pleasing colors and vivid blue overprints.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1675
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow deuce is well centered and evenly circulated with bold and pleasing colors on front and back.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1650
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow Deuce displays  rather broad margins all around, as well as pleasing colors and overprints.  Problem free.

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48$2Legal Tender1878VF$1050
FR 48 $2

A beautiful, early issue deuce with lovely floral embellishment and deep red serial numbers. Pleasing margins all around.

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57$2Legal Tender1917CH CU $450
FR 57 $2

A  Choice CU deuce from 1917 with balanced margins all around.  Deep red serial numbers and seal, as well as […]

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58$2Legal Tender1917PCGS 62$365
FR 58 $2

A pleasing uncirculated Jefferson note with bold red seal and serial numbers.  Margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917CH CU$375
FR 60 $2

A very bright and nicely centered Jefferson with vivid, cherry red seal and numbers.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$185
FR 60 $2

A problem free example of the Jefferson legal deuce with three balanced margins, bottom is tight but not into design.

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60$2Legal Tender1917PMG 40EPQ$235
FR 60 $2

A nicely centered XF legal with balanced margins, vivid red seal and serial numbers and bright paper.  Original with Exceptional […]

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60$2Legal Tender1917PCGS 62 $365
FR 60 $2

A bright and vividly inked Jefferson deuce with pleasing margins all around.

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60$2Legal Tender1917XF$235
FR 60 $2

A very bright XF with margins all around and bold red seal and serial numbers.

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60$2Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 60 $2

A very bright note with margins all around.  Cherry red seal and serial numbers, as well as deep green reverse, […]

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61a$5Legal Tender1862PCGS 64$3150
FR 61a $5

A boldly inked and bright early issue Legal with balanced margins all around.  Deep green on reverse and vivid red […]

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63$5Legal Tender1863VF$975
FR 63 $5

An evenly circulated early issue Legal with margins all around.  Problem free and bright.

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